Saturday, March 30, 2013
New Project - Advice wanted
Most of the .38 is all hand cast bullets as well. The last batch of the cast bullets have hardened and been lubed now and are just waiting to be run through the sizing die.
This box of 1000 .223 have all been reloaded from range brass, most of it brass I collected as left overs from the shooting range and about 90% stuff I didn't fire myself. Maybe about 100 of the 1000 came from my own shoots and I used about another 150 or so from a bag of range brass I purchased a few years ago. As you can imagine there is a wide variety of manufacturers represented and I am really beginning to dislike case prepping .223 brass.
I spend more time checking the length, trimming and beveling as needed, checking the damnable primer pocket for a crimp then setting aside the ones that need swagged, then swagging them, and finally actually getting a primer into all of them. Some of the various batches can be a real pain in the ass let me tell you. Some of them do not have a crimp but require swagging anyway to take the primer properly and some of them have some weak rims that will actually break off while hand priming with very little pressure. I have very very few issues with any other caliber of brass. It is rare for me to ruin a primer or throw away a case or even need to trim much on in any caliber but .223/5.56.
I find I am ruining about two or three primers per 100 cases more or less which is better odds than I was getting from range brass before. I have learned to be a bit more careful now and chuck any case that is uncooperative and not forcing the issue as much.
Anyway the case prep has been very time consuming but now that it is almost finished I am thinking I am going to need another project until the ground dries enough to begin tilling up the area I plan on putting fruit trees in. I did something this afternoon I said I wasn't going to do and as I finished up clearing out the fenceline I had been working on. I had the mower out so I cleared another large spot of tall weeds turning it into more yard. After I was finished I kept looking at the now freshly mown section and thinking that it might be a nice spot for a small chicken coop.
Maybe it is time to finally start getting some of those predator magnet, weak, sickness prone birds after all? I been designing a coop this evening and I am thinking maybe to start with six birds if I am not too late to get them that is. We will have to see.
Any advice of types I should look for?
I am still not sure it will be worth while but maybe I can keep the "stray who stayed" dog from killing them and I am thinking he is even doing a good job of running off the coons as well since I saw him chase one out of the barn the other day. He also chases off the possum so we won't have a Carolyn scenario to worry about.
Just not totally sure at this point. I will go into town and price the lumber I think I need later this morning along with some decent wire for the attached run.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!